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Health officials have debunked the myth that chocolate is addictive, but anyone who has tasted the delicacies from these top Atlanta chocolatiers believes differently. From pure chocolate molds to chocolates infused with flowers, Atlanta’s chocolate lovers will always find something to enjoy. It should be illegal for one city to have so much fine chocolate.
Maison Robert Fine Chocolates
Price: $8-12 (Valentine’s Day assorted chocolate boxes)
Hours: Tue-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The proprietor of this shop is a third generation patissier-confiseur-glacier, which translates to pastry-candy-ice. In addition to the highest credentials, this shop offers delicious truffle, rocher, marzipan and fondants in addition to other confectionaries and baked goods. If you can’t decide between chocolate and a baked good, don’t worry, many of the pastries come dipped in chocolate for the best of both worlds. Around Valentine’s Day heart-shaped boxes of treats are offered. As a beacon of diplomacy, the owner shares his secrets in one of the several classes the store offers.
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Sugar Coated Radical
Price: $10 (4 piece box of chocolates)
Hours: Thurs-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
What is so radical about Sugar Coated Radical? Other than being radically delicious, the store is dedicated to using only direct and fair trade organic ingredients and post-consumer recycled and locally sourced materials. Some of the more drastic selections include plum caramels, saffron-rose-pistachio white bars and blueberry and pink peppercorn bars. The staff loves creating custom works for your special event. If you are visiting on the day before Valentine’s, please bring your patience and expect a well-tended-to line.
River Street Sweets
Price: $25 (22 piece assorted chocolate box)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun noon-5:30 p.m.
Known as Savannah’s Best Candy Store, River Street Sweets has expanded from its Savannah roots and now has several locations in the metropolitan Atlanta area, with a location in Phipps Mall. In addition to the world famous pralines, River Street Sweets offers fudges, bear claws, chocolate-covered pretzels and nuts, and truffles. If savoring the shop’s goods on one occasion is not enough, you can join the sweet tooth club and receive goodies in the mail on a monthly basis.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Price: $25 (24 piece assorted chocolate box)
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Although Schakolad Chocolate Factory is a franchise, it maintains a local flair by making products fresh and on-site in Atlanta. The attention to the needs of special customers led Schakolad to become Atlanta’s only Kosher-certified chocolate maker. Customers will also find an extensive assortment of vegan, sugar-free and carb-free delights. In addition to assorted chocolates and cake truffles, you can even rent chocolate fountains.
Price: $37(15 piece truffle box)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
What sets the Chocolaterie apart from other chocolatiers in Atlanta is the beauty of its products. From the brilliant royal blue of the Dazzling Blue Butterfly Truffle to the green pear-shaped Spiced Pear Delight Truffle, the products dazzle not only your tongue but also your eyes. This makes Chocolaterie an excellent source for weddings or special events. In order to know what to expect beside truffles and bars, call the store to obtain a listing of seasonal offerings.
Find more: Atlanta Candy And Confections Directory
Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.